Sunday, February 20, 2011

Fake Yanks: Five Foreigners Who Can Pull Off an American Accent

Fake Yanks: Five Foreigners Who Can Pull Off an American Accent

American movie and telvision watchers: don't look now, but we've been invaded. These actors have all managed to pull off an American accent, supressing their natural dialects for our Yankee drawl. Check out these five actors who sound as American as apple pie, even if they'd perhaps prefer a nice crumpet.  
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Hugh Laurie
Hugh+Laurie in People's Choice Awards 2010 - Show
Actor Hugh Laurie accepts the Favorite TV Drama Actor award during the People's Choice Awards 2010 held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 6, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)
 On House, Hugh Laurie is perfectly irascible, and has a perfect American accent. But in reality he was born in Oxford, England and has the accent to prove it.

Minnie Driver
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Actress Minnie Driver arrives at "Barney's Version" screening during AFI FEST 2010 presented by Audi held at Egyptian Theatre on November 6, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)
London-born Minnie Driver came to the attention of American audiences with a decidedly British brogue in Good Will Hunting. 

Simon Baker
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Actor Simon Baker attends "Margin Call" Premiere at the Eccles Center Theatre during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2011 in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)
Simon Baker shows off his acute mental prowess on The Mentalist, but you would never know by hearing him talk that he's actually from Tasmania, Australia. Check out the charming Baker showing off his dialogue skills on The Mentalist before breaking into his Aussie accent when appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Emma Watson
Emma+Watson in Warner Brothers Leavesden Studios - Photocall
(UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) Emma Watson attends a Warner Bros - Leavesden Studios photocall held at Claridges on November 10, 2010 in London, England. (Getty Images) 
 It's hard to think of someone more British than stately young Emma Watson, but thanks to her time attending an American university, she's starting to pick up an American accent.
Andrew Lincoln
Andrew+Lincoln in 'Andrew Lincoln and Robert Kirkman Attend 'The Walking Dead' Premiere in Madrid
Actor Andrew Lincoln attends "The Walking Dead" premiere at the Capitol cinema on November 3, 2010 in Madrid, Spain. (Getty Images) 
 On the hit AMC show The Walking Dead, Andrew Lincoln has an accent as Southern as chicken-fried steak. But in reality, Lincoln was born in London, and has the natural accent to prove it.

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